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Ethanol fuel pumps coming to South Georgia


February 28, 2008

Albany -- The price of gasoline hit another all-time high Thursday in Georgia. Like most drivers, Emma Greene is feeling the pinch.

She says, "Previous trips, before the gas went up, it was affordable. But now I've got think twice before I make the trip."

And she worries the prices are only going to go higher. "I understand by the summer it's going to be up to $4.00 a gallon. I think we're going to feel this every time we go out to buy something," says Greene. 

But there may be some good news on the horizon; even though it may take some time before it has a major effect on the majority of consumers. It's called E85 - a fuel that's 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. 

It was announced earlier this week that 5 southwest Georgia gas stations will be supplying it to motorists whose vehicles use FLEX Fuel. The Flash Foods on Gillionville Road was one of 21 gas stations across the state to get money to install E85 pumps.

So far, Ford Motor Company and General Motors are developing more Flex Fuel vehicles, and experts say that E85 is 30 to 40 cents cheaper on the gallon than gasoline.

The good news for our area is that several ethanol production plants are currently under construction in south Georgia. Many drivers hope as ethanol becomes more available, prices will go down even more.

"I'm hoping for alternatives," Greene says.

The state made $400,000 available in E85 grants through the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA).

The Flash Foods on Gillionville received $16,600 dollars of that money.

The new pumps should be available at the end of the summer.

Click the link below for a complete listing funding recipients.